Sept. 11: a decade later

Let's start with what we know.

Almost immediately, thousands of people died ten years ago. Countless lives were changed. Landscapes and skylines were scarred and scattered.

But it's been ten years since 9/11. An entire decade.

So, then, let's move forward with what we don't know for sure: how does something that started ten years ago still reach us, here in the St. Louis region, today? Did it ever end? Will it?

Through local news features, dedicated segments of St. Louis on the Air and special coverage from NPR we'll venture into these questions with you.

We'll document our journalistic explorations below and we encourage you to offer your feedback.

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Sept. 11: a decade later
10:47 am
Thu September 8, 2011

Former Ill. Gov., 9/11 Commission member Thompson speaks on state of U.S. security

Former Ill. Gov. and 9/11 Commission member Jim Thompson.
(via Wikimedia Commons)

After the terrorist strikes on Sept. 11, the U.S. government vowed to do all it could to make Americans safer.  However, a new report shows the U.S. lagging in key areas.  

The 9/11 Commission, which made recommendations in the months following the attacks, says the country remains vulnerable.  Former Illinois Governor Jim Thompson served on that panel that crafted a blueprint for national security. 

Thompson says a decade after the attacks, more needs to be done. He spoke with Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford.

Sept. 11: A Decade Later
6:35 am
Thu September 8, 2011

St. Louis region is ready to respond if disaster strikes, but funding cuts have some concerned

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(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The federal government has provided millions of dollars to state and local governments to get them prepared to respond to the next 9/11.

In St. Louis and other regions across the country, the funds allowed fire departments to purchase equipment for all types of rescues and train their people to use the equipment. The requirements of the federal grants forced agencies to work together.

But federal funding dropped by more than 50 percent between fiscal years 2010 and 2011, and no one is sure how much money will be available for fiscal year 2012. And that’s raising some concerns about the sustainability of the region’s plan to respond to a mass disaster.

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Sept. 11: a decade later
6:35 am
Wed September 7, 2011

To these kids, 9/11 is history: teaching a national tragedy

Debbie Sobeck and her fifth grade class at Kennerly Elementary School discussing the events of Sept. 11.
(Julie Bierach/St. Louis Public Radio)

It’s been ten years since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.  To mark the anniversary, teachers are discussing the event with students.

Julie Bierach reports on how one fifth grade teacher at a St. Louis County elementary school is using a lesson about 9/11 to teach about character.

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Sept. 11: a decade later
6:35 am
Tue September 6, 2011

Wash U: research against bioterrorism progressing, ten years after 9/11

U.S. Navy personnel take samples from a mock anthrax pile during a Chemical, Biological, Radiological (CBR) decontamination drill aboard an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf in 2007.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kyle Steckler)

Soon after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, letters laced with anthrax started appearing in the U.S. mail, killing five people and sickening 17 others.

The incidents triggered a surge in research dedicated to preventing future bioterrorism attacks.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Véronique LaCapra spoke with Washington University virologist David Wang about his research on emerging infectious diseases, and how his work is helping to combat bioterrorism.

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